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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To be eligible for student financial aid, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) has established the guidelines, based on Federal regulations, for evaluating student progress taking into consideration cumulative OLHCC GPA, the cumulative number of hours attempted and completed at OLHCC, and the hours that have successfully transferred to OLHCC from any other postsecondary institution. The OSFA's SAP policy and standards are not the same as the academic standards of the College including specific departments or programs (i.e., nursing department). Enrollment in the College is not synonymous with financial aid satisfactory academic progress.

Minimum GPA and Credits SAP Standards for OLHCC Students

Undergraduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 75% of cumulative attempted hours AND maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 OLHCC GPA.

Graduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 75% of cumulative attempted hours AND maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 OLHCC GPA.

Academic progress is reviewed once a semester (defined as summer, fall, or spring). Classes graded "F", "FN", "incomplete", "no credit", "drop", or "withdraw" will be evaluated as courses attempted, although not successfully completed. Attempted hours include all OLHCC hours in which a student is enrolled after the last day of the College's drop/add period, as well as all hours transferred from any other postsecondary institution. Repeated courses will count toward academic progress; one of the repeated courses will count as an attempted course not successfully completed. Any course that is academically forgiven is still counted as attempted OLHCC credits.

Financial Aid Warning Period

If a student is denied financial aid based on SAP status, that denial takes precedence over any previous award notification he or she may have received. Students not meeting the minimum standards at the end of a semester will receive a financial aid warning for the next semester. Students may continue to receive financial aid for this probationary period. Students failing to meet the minimum SAP standards by the end of the probationary period will be placed on financial aid suspension.

For further information on the SAP policy, please check the Our Lady of Holy Cross website link to the SAP Policy